Institut für Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft

Annual Report 2021 Communication Management

We are pleased to be able to provide an overview of the activities of the past year with the just published annual report of the Communication Management teaching and research area at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig.

You can find the annual report as a…

Institut für Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft

REFRESH 2022 on communication management: On the pulse of time

Registration is open from now until 13 April 2022

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Hot off the press: Seminal handbook by Patrick Donges and Ansgar Zerfass

The "Handbuch Public Affairs: Politische Kommunikation für Unternehmen und Organisationen" (Handbook of Public Affairs: Political Communication for Companies and Organizations), edited by Ulrike Röttger (University of Münster) and Patrick Donges and Ansgar Zerfass (both from Leipzig University) for…

Institut für Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft

Handbook of Strategic Communication: Chinese edition available

The "Handbook of Strategic Communication" edited by Derina Holtzhausen (Dean of the College of Communication, Lamar University, USA) and Ansgar Zerfass (Leipzig University of Leipzig) has received much attention internationally. Following the original English editions published by Routledge in 2015…

M.A. Communication Management

North American Communication Monitor 2020-2021

A webinar was hosted by The Plank Center in early June 2021 to explore the results of the North American Communication Monitor (NACM) and share insights from the researchers.

M.A. Communication Management

Business models for communications: Cooperation with Fraunhofer

As a pilot project in Professor Zerfaß's new research field "Business Models for Communications," the utility of business models for communications departments is being examined using the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as an example. In a multi-stage process, the "Fraunhofer Communications Compass"…


Professor Zerfass and his team are experts in strategic communication, corporate communications, positioning and management of communication departments, measurement and evaluation, communication consulting, digital communications, CommTech and international communications.

An overview of all current and past research projects and publications can be found in the databases linked here.
For those who are able to read German is also worth taking a look at the current annual report of the department.

Characteristics of research and teaching at the Chair are:

  • Interdisciplinarity: We link communication science with management research and business administration.
  • Leadership: We are in close contact with decision-makers in the business world and address topics of strategic relevance.
  • Internationality: We have an unrivalled network and joint projects with the leading research universities in our discipline worldwide.
  • Theoretical approachWe address fundamental questions instead of small-scale studies and develop innovative theories, concepts and frameworks.
  • Future orientation: We identify new topics and shape the future of research, teaching and knowledge transfer on strategic communication.


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Our Team

Professor Zerfass, five research assistants, several student assistants in projects, one emeritus professor and four honorary professors work at the chair.

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Publications and Projects

Professor Zerfaß and his team publish extensively in international journals, publish study reports, handbooks and edited volumes, and write practice papers. They also conduct various research projects on an ongoing basis.


The following institutions are located at the Chair of Strategic Communication. They support research and teaching at the Institute for Communication and Media Studies in various ways.


 Cornelia Böhland

Cornelia Böhland


Strategische Kommunikation
Nikolaistraße 27-29, Room 4.05
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35040
Fax: +49 341 97-35049